India Entry Requirements 2014 & 2015

One of the most frequent questions we get is – ” Do I need a Visa to go to India ? ”

This is a brief list of the major entry requirements for India. Note that this list is not exhaustive and you are asked to consult with your travel agent issuing your flight tickets, and with your respective Indian High Commission , Embassy or Consulate. 


A Visa is required by travelers from almost all countries, including US, UK, Canada and all European countries. The only exceptions are nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, and any foreign national who is of Indian origin and has been issued with an OCI / PIO card.  Visa costs differ depending on the country of application but a 6 month tourist visa typically costs just under USD 100:

VISA ON ARRIVAL is only available for nationals of Finland, Japan, New Zealand , Singapore and Luxembourg. Nationals of all other countries must obtain a Visa before arriving in India.  

Update: Nationals of USA and several other countries may soon also be able to obtain a Visa on Arrival as per the latest proposals which may be implemented either late 2014 or early 2015:

Restricted Areas:  ( Protected Area Permit – PAP and Restricted Area Permit – RAP)

A few parts of India are restricted areas, to foreign and domestic tourists, and  require special permits and in some cases authorisation from the Indian Government. Kindly consult with us prior to applying for your Visa as these areas should be indicated as your intended destinations on the Visa application form. 


A passport should be valid for at least 180 days , from the Date of Exit from India, and have at least 2 blank pages.